Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017 | New Skins, Game mode and other

Overwatch Winter Wonderland |  New Year in Overwatch

At the 12 December 2017, in Overwatch, the new event starts – Winter Wonderland. In this year with the new hero skins, the good old event “Operation blizzard” will come back with the second event – “Yeti Hunter“.

overwatch winter wonderland

Papa Jeff Kaplan recorded another “News from the developers” in which he described in details of all new enhancements on “Winter Wonderland“.

  • Handzo will receive a new legendary skin that is based on the comics series of the game.
  • Roadhog and Junkrat will receive two legendary skins as well.
  • Winter variations of the popular maps are back. King’s Row and Hanamura will be painted in white during the event.
  • Operation Blizzard is back not only in Ecostation: Antarctica, but also on the winter’s version of the Black Forest.
  • For all Mei lovers, developers add the new game mode – Yeti Hunter, where a squad of five Mei will hunt Winston in the Yeti skin.
  • In the new game mode, Winston must hide from Mei and collect meat, that will charge his Primal Rage. While the Primal Rage is active Winston turn the game and turn into a hunter himself.

overwatch wonderland

Overwatch – First Anniversary

Anniversary of Overwatch

Overwatch anniversary skins

Yesterday, on May 23, the Overwatch turned one year old! This is a great joy for all the fans of the session FPS games and for the developers themselves. Blizzard decided to celebrate this day with their fans and added new maps and items to the game.

Three new arena maps in Arcade mode, more than a hundred new awards including 11 legendary skins and new dance emotions for EVERY hero of the Overwatch game. This is the largest update on the number of added content, and you can get it all from the new containers – the anniversary containers of Overwatch. According to the established tradition, you will receive one free box when you enter the game from May 23 to June 12, 2017. You can also buy holiday containers, but only until the end of the festive season.

New items in anniversary containers

In the game were added next items:

  • 25 graffiti (1 each hero + 1 festive)
  • 48 replicas (2 for each hero)
  • 11 legendary skins
  • 24 dance emotions
  • Emotions “Sitting” and “Laughter” for Sombra and Orisa (are not festive content)

New legendary skins for Overwatch:

  • Pharra – Beduin
  • Soldier 76 – Cyborg: 76
  • DiVa – Cruiser
  • Tracer – Graffiti
  • Hanzo – Cyberninja
  • Mei – Beekeeper
  • Zarya – Cyberian
  • Bastion – Dune Buggy
  • Genji – Sentai
  • Symmetra – Oasis
  • Lucio – Jazzy

Overwatch anniversary dance emotes

New maps

New maps were added for the game modes 1×1 and 3×3. To win in these modes, you just need to destroy all the opponents.

Necropolis

Ana Amari has in the necropolis not only her secret shelter but also an advanced observation post. A lot of peaks for observation, narrow alleys for sudden attacks, all this was created only for one purpose – to determine the best of you. Only do not fall into the pit.

Castillo

Castillo is an old port in Dorado Bay, it is here that the Calaveras Bar is located. This bar is famous for its visitors, and they can not be called as good guys. Also nearby is the base of the famous group of Los Muertos and the refuge of Sombra. Use the vertical advantages of this map if you want to defeat the opponent.

Black forest

Not far from Eichenwalde is a long-abandoned battlefield, which is the last refuge for a lot of Bastion type omnics. But today this quiet place will again be lit up by flashes of gunfire and poisoned by spilled blood. Destroy enemies while they are moving along the trails from the castle to the forest and use wooden balconies to move among the map.

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Call of Duty: World War II

COD is back

CoD: World war II

No surprises: Call of Duty: WW2 will come on November 3 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and will be dedicated to fighting on the Western Front of the Second World War. As expected, the preorder award will be eligible for early participation in the multiplayer testing. The owners of the PS4 will have the first access to the closed beta test, but later other platforms can join.

Call of Duty: WWII at the E3 2017

More details about multiplayer promises to be opened at the E3 2017 exhibit. For the time being, it is known that a special map will be created for multiplayer, something resembling a tower in the Destiny. Also, a new asymmetric capture mode and a new class system will appear. And, of course, the game will have a cooperative zombie mode – the Third Reich could not resist the temptation to create a cool mystical army in an attempt to reverse the course of war.

The story will rotate around the fate of the rookie of the United States 1st Infantry Division, Sergeant William Pearson, even though the game is not limited to one protagonist, and it will be possible to play as the woman in the French Resistance. Naturally, the game will show the most popular battles of the Second World War, such as the Normandy landing and the Battle of Hardenne. Most of the game will take place in the 1944-1945 year, but some of the Missions will be deployed in an earlier period to introduce the player to the heroes and lay the basis for the narrative. One of the main actors in the game – Josh Duhamel, known for “Transformers” and smaller movies.

CoD: WWII Zombie

Information about story

The scene campaign will become more personal, focused on the perception of a particular soldier, though the scale scenes are not going anywhere. Developers claim that they have done a tremendous job of making the locations and events in the game look reliable. The general tone of the Call of Duty: WW2 will be a dark, unpainted.

No more Wolverines in CoD

Automatic regeneration should be replaced by a system of closer interaction with the squad: the details are not yet revealed, but it is clear that some of the storyline’s partners will be able to heal your wounds, while others can share bullets. Distance is an important factor: if run far from the squad, then the medical care or additional supplies can be forgotten. And how it’s going to be implemented in multiplayer nobody knows yet.

Another significant innovation for the game supports the simultaneous participation of up to 48 players in multiplayer modes. Probably, this info is about “Headquarters” – the social space in which players are drawn between battles, but perhaps new modes will be able to accept more players than they have in the series.


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Overwatch: New event info was leaked

Through the X-box live interface leaked the first picture of the new skins for Overwatch’s heroes that were created for the new event. As we suppose before this event will be take base from from the e-comix “Uprising”, and new skins will receive such heroes as Reinhardt, Mercy, Tracer and Torbjorn.

Overwatch new event

New event as we think will be chained with the Overwatch’s lore and will have some PvE ingame mod. As we can see the plot of this event will be tied with the Omnic terroristic group named as “Zero sector”. And our heroes will confront them at the Kings Row.

By the way, if you still do not read this comix, then we highly recommend to read it. You can find Uprising comix at the official Overwatch’s website. Or at this link.

Overwatch: Sound effects

Voice features Overwatch

Some developers who are responsible for the sound and atmosphere of the Overwatch answered a few questions from users of Reddit. The Blizzard development team works very well with the community. They regularly release videoblogs, where they told about an update. And everything was telling by Jeff Kaplan himself. One of the last of such works was the AMA on the Overwatch subreddit. Developers who are engaged in sound answered several questions about the Overwatch. Also you can find all voice actors that works under Overwatch.

Anna’s voice

Forum user Skyponyyt asked: “how long have you worked on the voice acting of Ana?”

Blizz_PaulLackey answers: “from training to production prior to shipment takes about 12 weeks. This time includes preparation, and then while game designers will release new hero model. Then we give the character sounds for testing. It only remains to optimize character, make emotions, surface interaction and voice recording.”

Mccree's voice actor

Genji’s sfx

AeroRespawn asked a question: “How was Genji’s blade sound in the Highlight was recorded?”

Blizz-PaulLackey answered: “we just took 2 swords, and then beat them by each other to make them resonate, and after we just play it backwards.”

12 various voice actors for each Overwatch hero

Rechan asked: “This game have a record number of languages. How many translators working on one character? “.

ScottLawlor responds: “I won’t say exact numbers, but I’m sure that Overwatch is localized into 12 languages, so that means that we have 12 different actors for each character. But there are exceptions, for example a Widowmaker has one the same actress that speaks in both English and French. If you watched the short films on YouTube, you can notice it.

Mercy's voice actor

SnugglesFabric asked: “How does the dialogue system works? And how many people are working on this?”

ScottLawlor responds: “our writer Michael Chu makes nearly 100% of the dialogues in the game, but the team sometimes have a good idea. One of the coolest things that we have done with our dialog system is a “specialization” rows. For example, there are “stinging” string that can be heard when you kill someone. Most of these general lines (refer to any old/category), but Mike could easily add a criteria for which rows will be related to spot: If the action will happen on a certain map or with a specific character. For example is a replica of the Tracerdeath comes“, when she mocks at Reaper after his assassination.

Tracer's voice actor

Wow_so_rpg asked: “for what the character was more fun to do sounds?”

Blizz_ScottLawlo replied: “for me it was a Tracer’s blink. By the way, this sound was one of the first sounds in the game.”

 

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Overwatch: Heath bars

In the Overwatch’s world, we have health, shields, barriers and even additional armor that increase your’s maximum Hp pool. 5 various options and each of them are different from each other, but all of them try to reach one goal – to keep you alive.

Health Points in Overwatch

Health points are the easiest of all health bars in overwatch because it follows the all basic rules of video games. All heroes have a base amount of health points, that is shown up in the white color in the user’s interface. Each vertical bar equals to 25 health points, and if yours hp reach zero, you’ll just die.

Health points can be restored by the healers, or by picking up first aid kits, that are spawning on various places on the map. Little medkits have cylindrical form and heal by the 75 points, but large medkits restore 250 hp. All these kits have a respawn timer that equals to 10 sec.

Armor in Overwatch

Armor is shown in the interface, but in the yellow color. Some characters have armor from the start, and any champion can get an additional 75 point of armor by picking up a Torbjorn’s armor kit. To create this kit he need to collect 50 pieces of scrap, and this made this ability the most useless in the whole game. Sad but true. This is true because all Health bars can be restored by healers (but in twice slower then healt points) or just by picking up a healthkit. Torbjorn’s armor can not be restores after destroying. Well of course, you can restore it by picking up another armor kit.

Health bars in Overwatch

Besides the fact that armor can be restored, it’s role is in the keeping your hero safe. Firstly – armor is the first thing that damaged while you hero is under attack. Your health bars reading from the right to the left, and this means that all that you have beside health points will be destroyed first. Also armor decrease all incoming damage by 5 points, but if the damage is less then 10, then it will be decreased by half (200 damage – 5 =195 damage in armor, 6 damage / 2 = 3 damage in armor).

Shields in Overwatch

Shield is third and final form of healt bars in Overwatch. They displayed in the user’s interface by the light-blue color. Shield points are equal to the health point, but the as in the armor case are positioned in the right side of your’s health bar, so they will be damaged in the first. Some heroes have shields from the very beginning, but Symmetra’s ultimateShield Generator add additional 75 points of shield to all allies in the radius of 50 meters. Sheild can not be restored by healers, and this is a great problem to such heroes like Zenyatta, Zarya, Symmetra. Medkits also can not restore shields.

But the bright side of all this, that shield are self restoring points. All you need to hide for a short period of time, and your regeneration process will be started immediately.

Barriers in Overwatch

Well this is not really a health bar, but i just can not ignore them. Barriers do not affect any other health bars, but the prevent damage of all heroes that stands under it’s protections. The brightest example of the barrier – Reinhardt’s shield. Barriers just absorb enemie’s damage. All barriers have their own healt bars and after they reach their limit, they will just be destroyed.

Zarya's barrier

At the moment we have 3 barrier types in the game:

  • Frontal – As Osyra or Reinhardt’s shields that prevent damage from the one side.
  • Dome – Winston’s shield barrier that have a dome form.
  • Bubble – Zarya’s bulle that covers an ally hero in the bubble that prevents 200 damage.

Greatest rebalance of Overwatch since the release

For a few weeks developers of Overwatch test some changes in balance on PTR (Public Test Realm), and they saying that not all of them will go on live servers. At 15 november all these changes go on live servers. Blizzard add 1 new hero – Sombra, and new game mod – Arcade.

All this new nerfes and buffs will completely change game and heroes Meta.

Change log in brief:

  • all ultimates now charges for 25% longer
  • No more “all D.Va” teams in quick games. 1 pick for a team just like in competiteve matches.
  • D.Va now feels much more cooler.
  • Pharah became stronger.
  • Soldier now can kill someone.
  • Nano boost from Ana will not increase movement speed no more.
  • Added new hero – Sombra.
  • Added new game modes.

So let look at these changes more closely:

D.VA

Now she has 600 units of health (was 500), movement speed while she fire is increased, and many people talks that Blizzard stealth buff her attack power in mech. If you meet her and she fly right up to you, then you will be probably dead, before you can run away.

Pharah

Those egiptian fall out from professional meta, when developers give to McCree ability to shoot at any range without lose of damage. Blizzard now try to bring her back from dead by some buffs like:

  • Jet pack now by 35% more powerful
  • Minimal damage from her missles increased by 13%

Soldier 76

Damage from each bullet increased from 17 to 20, and bullet spread increased from 2.2 to 2.4.

And that realy useful, now Soldier 76 can kill enemies and deal a good overall damage. And maybe he can challange McCree for a spot into competetive matches. 13% damage increase is not feel as some big deal, but in game this little buff can turn the game.

Torbjorn

Our little boy now changed, his hammer attack speed increased by 25% but damage decreased to 27%. And now you do not need to run on battlefield to find some metal scrap, now scraps start to generate automaticly and you can protect your team without any risk.

Zarya

Zarya

She was nerfed, but many people suggested that this nerf only make her stronger. Now 1 barrier charge her cannon only at 40% no at 50% as before, and amount of gaining energy was reduced by 20%. This is unpleasant, but this is not enough to knock her from the throne.

Also her beam now start to deal damage right after it hit the hitbox of enemy, without strange delay as before.

This buf greatly increase damage from her beam, and now she can deal with small heroes like Genji, Traces, Sombra.

Widowmaker

Widowmaker

Blizzard decided to increase speed of charging of her rifle by 20% and this is a giant number. Now she start to appear in competiteve matches more often, and now teammates stop whine when they see her in pick.

Mercy

Her selfheal now activates after 1 sec delay (was 3 sec), and now when ultimates charged by 25% slower her main ability (ressurection) may be even better.

Mei

Her ultimate charge rate was slowered by an additional 15% (yes 25% from all nerf and then again 15%) so now you can not use your ultimate 2 times per 1 teamfight. But the main power of this hero is in iceicles and ice walls, so we will still see that hero in competiteve.

Lucio

With each patch Blizzard tries to knock down this dj from his Healer Throne, and again they are not succseded. Nerf of his active ability by 10% is not a such great nerf. But if blizzard will continue to nerf this guy, some day he will leave his throne.

Ana

Ana amarie

She was a mother of 3-3 formation (3 tanks absorbs damage, and 3 healers charge their ultimates on tanks) due to her Nano boost on Reinhardt. Now with nerf of Nanoboost Reinhardt (and all tanks) are not the best options. It is a chance that without additional movespeed he just can not catch any of the opposite team. So with this buff formation 3-3 now with high probability will be dead.

 



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Rumors: next Call of Duty will unfold in Vietnam

Although to the premiere of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare there are still almost three weeks, the web already rumors about the next game in the series. According to IGN Spain, event in next Call of Duty you will be fighting in Vietnam.

call of duty vietnam 2

 Here and below: concept art Call of Duty: For of War, found in 2014 in the portfolio of the artist Eddie del Rio 

Leaks from Spain

Spanish journalists learned that before release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare studio Sledgehammer Games was planning to create a new game in series that used to be a TPS, which takes place in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam between 1955 and 1975. Among the variants of its name cited Fog of War and Vietnam. According to co-founder of studio Michael Condrey, it was very dark, cinematic and looked like a variation of Uncharted Game on the theme of “Apocalypse Now”. The team created a 15-minute demo version of the game, followed by development of the project has been stopped, but according to the named resource, of Activision decided to make a new Call of Duty a little bit “Vietnamese”. It is not known will they use for its development materials of cancelled “For of War” or not, and whether it will retain a third person view.

call of duty vietnam 3

Anyway, the series already have the game, events of that was occur in Vietnam. Thus, in one of the missions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010 gamers visited the southern part of the country. Trailer of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – again a futuristic game of the series – has become one of the leaders in the number of negative marks on YouTube. Perhaps, Activision has decided to listen to the requests of gamers and return to a more traditional military subjects.

Development Studio

Rumors that the new part will be developing by Sledgehammer Games, looks like a scheme that was used by publisher, according to which in the creation of Call of Duty engaged in three different studios that replacing each other. In 2017, will come the turn of the studio Sledgehammer Games: the latest game does Infinity Ward, and for the previous was responsible a Treyarch studio.

call of duty vietnam

As a general, Activision announces new part of Call of Duty in April or May: so, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 was presented in April 9, 2015, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – May 2, 2014, and 2016. respectively. Announcements are usually preceded by a large number of unofficial information, therefore, most likely in the spring of next year, a new Call of Duty will acquire a sufficient number of rumors. CoD release is likely to be held in November 2017 – month, there were all the games in the series, except Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty: Roads to Victory.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released worldwide on November 4th, 2016 in versions for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As part of its special editions it will be included with a HD-remaster Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare ( that highly impressed all journalists), which has already received by those who pre-order one of these versions for the PlayStation 4.


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